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Karl Henning does not abandon the
social graces when dealing with ruffians.
After all, one must dress properly
to handle a light sabre if one is to remain a gentleman.
Carol Strock is said to be the true
architecht of the young champion's training.
But Daniel Strock claims it just runs
in the family and the lad got his training over his knee.
In the 13th year of Queen's Gambit play, the field
dropped to its lowest level ever - not that surprising for a
game that is long out of print and for which securing adequate
copies has always been an issue.
In the preliminaries a total of 38 games were played in three
separate heats with both sides winning 19. There is no time limit
in the preliminary games and this usually slants the game somewhat
towards the Naboo; however, as the results show, the preliminary
game winners were evenly split between good and evil. In the
time-limited playoffs, results favored the Trade Federation and
they prevailed in nine of 15 games. In the grueling, four-round,
time-limited playoffs the Trade Federation wins if it is still
standing after two hours - this reflects the time-limited aspect
of the battle in the theatre.
Overall in 2014, the combined tally for the preliminaries
and the playoffs was 25 wins for the Jedi and 28 wins for the
Sith. A statistical aberration occurred with the simultaneous
elimination of Darth Maul and Obiwan Kenobi three times - one
attacked and killed the other and the dying defender reciprocated
with a Light Saber Riposte.
Special thanks are in order for Bill "General Grevious"
Morse for his invaluable efforts as an Assistant GM and for his
organizational and clerical skills.
Six former champions entered and all six advanced to the elimination
rounds. Three-time cham- Lawrence Lingle performed best in the
Preliminaries, winning in every heat. In all, 16 players advanced
to the playoffs. They were led by favorites such as three time
champ Lawrence "Lord Vader" Lingle, two-time champ
Brian "Bossk" Sutton, 2005 champ Karl "Sith Witch"
Henning, 2012 champ Jonathan "Jacen Solo" Schoose,
defending champ David "The Hutt" Gubbay and the inaufural
champ Buddy "Boba Fett" Sinigaglio. In addition, two
prior runners-up returned to the gauntlet, Evan "Piell"
Cagwin and Marilyn "Purple Queen" Flowers. Two prior
runners-up failed to make the cut: Sean "Boss Nass"
McCulloch and David "Plo Koon" Platnick.
the Elimination round of 16 the eight matches were as follows:
"Boba Fett" Sinigaglio disintegrated Karl "Sith
Witch" Henning, Marilyn "Purple Queen" Flowers
swatted David "Mustafarian Flea Rider" Meyarrd, "Jacen
Solo" Schoose cleaved Ashton "Whorm Loathsome"
Worley, Dan "Ganner Rhysode" Strock dispatched Alex
"4-Lom" Lange, "Lord Vader" Lingle unpacked
John "Ponda Baba" Pack, "Bossk" Sutton clawed
Ted "Tamtel Skreeg" Lange, Tom "Tusken Raider"
Strock sniped David "The Hutt" Gubbay and Evan "Piell"
Cagwin unpeeled Keith "Ephant Mon" Boone.
The eight survivors moved on to the quarterfinals where, "Purple
Queen" Flowers outfoxed "Boba Fett" Sinigaglio.
Anakin served the "Purple Queen" by shutting down the
droids, leaving only Darth Maul in opposition, but Maul was loose
in Theed Palace after killing Quigon and Obiwan. Marilyn needed
Window Ledge movement into the throne room before Maul could
wipe out the Palace Guards. Maul reduced the guards to single
digits before the "Purple Queen" ascended into the
throne room claiming victory. In the other matches, "Bossk"
Sutton bounced "Lord Vader" Lingle, "Jacen Solo"
Schoose eschewed "Ganner Rhysode" Strock and Tom "Tusken
Raider" Strock torpedoed Evan "Piell" Cagwin.
Four valiant heroes moved into the semifinals where "Jacen
Solo" Schoose schmoozed Marilyn "Purple Queen"
Flowers. In the other bracket, Tom "Tusken Raider"
Strock skinned Brian "Bossk" Sutton. Tom killed Maul
with the play of only five cards, thus causing a rapid collapse
of the droids with two Jedi loose in Theed Palace.
The Championship game thus matched 2012 champion John "Jacen
Solo" Schoose as the Naboo vs Tom "Tusken Raider"
Strock. The game was fought almost entirely in Theed Palace and
was not close. Darth Maul killed Quigon and Obiwan and a fistful
of Palace Guards before the Maul cards dried up. Then the Droideka
took over, killing Panaka and the Purple Queen. The Naboo were
soon subjugated. The Federation lost only one Droideka.
Congratulations are in order for Tom "Tusken Raider"
Strock, who was awarded a trained "Bantha." It was
assumed that the Tusken would not accept a Championship Plaque,
as Tuskens place little value upon firewood; however, that was
not the case for Tom, who took the plaque and the Bantha. In
the elimination rounds, Tom had to defeat prior champions Schoose,
Sutton and Gubbay as well as former runner-up Cagwin. This was
quite a streak. Rumor has it that repeated beatings at the hands
of his sister was instrumental in developing Tom's skills.
The "Purple Queen" Marilyn
is a regular contender in the lists.
Keith Boone denies Chris Kizer his
guantlet. Another day, grasshopper.